Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wedding Wise Wednesday - September 30th

Every Wednesday I post the Best Wedding Deals and Stories That I find in Los Angeles and around the web. And we call it Wedding Wise Wednesday. Welcome!

Another full week at Silver Charm Events, as CJ used to say on West Wing Wing. Finalizing Photography Contracts for Ellen and Patrick, Venue contracts and catering menus for Nina and Rob, and many, many little details for Cheryl and Paul, who are getting married next week.

The New Big Idea:
Every bride needs a little bit of help, and now I can give you a little bit of help, weekly. Welcome to Charmed Circle Wedding Coaching, which will provide one on one and group coaching via conference calls three times a month. I'll answer all your questions and point you in the right direction as you're planning the big day. The first informational session is Wednesday, October 7th an it's free, so go to the new shop page on my website (newly re-designed for your pleasure) to register.

Squee of the Week – Mmm, Doughnuts..
I have often extolled the virtues of wedding cake alternatives. Don't get me wrong, I love me some wedding cake (my husband insists that I bring a slice home for him from every wedding), but I love it when brides decide to go with pie, instead, or a candy buffet, or cupcakes, or, or DOUGHNUTS.Green Wedding Shoes posted pictures of this gorgeous wedding in Marin, complete with yummy organic doughnuts by Dee's Mini Doughnuts:
Thanks to Divine Order Photography for the pics. Down here in L.A., Fritelli's in Beverly Hills also offers organic doughnuts, and, upping the eco-friendly ante, they power the entire bakery with wind energy. Hard core, right?

Broke Ass Bride Wedding in a Week Contest
Dana at BAB has gotten together with the most awesome wedding vendors to offer the most awesome wedding items for one or more lucky brides - custom couture dresses, photography, both bridal and boudoir, unique bridal bouquets (felt!), unique favors (mini-gumball machines!),and the week's not even over, yet. Friday is the last day for you to enter for any or all of the prizes, so hop on over to The Broke-Ass Bride and check it out.

When the World Gives You Lemons…Make Wedding Centerpieces out of them

The ultimate in organic, eco-friendly weddings - Stacie over at Blogger Brides talks about using fruit in your centerpieces and decorations. I also thank her for the opportunity to use that joke.

New Favor Idea Alert – Recyclable Canvas Tote Bags

Or you can use for out-of-town guest gift bags, plain, or spice them up with a pretty stamp on front. And Cheap Totes has them for 99 cents each, can't beat that. Thanks for the head's up, Wedding Bee!


Sunday, October 4th:
Bridal Showplace
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel
7675 Crescent Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90620

Recession Bride's Workshop
Actually, you could do both, couldn't you? Go to to the Bridal Show, and then come by the workshop and I'll just tell you which vendors have the best deals.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz C.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wedding Wise Wednesday - September 23rd

After back to back weddings in the past two weeks, it only FEELS like a week of rest, but truth is, I've got the workshop this weekend, Cheryl and Paul's wedding in a couple of weeks, and a bunch of potential bride meetings (yay potential brides!) in between. I'm waiting for pics from Saturday's wedding - Kim Fox promised she would get a couple to me this week, and you'll be the first to know when she does. The Bride? Stunning. That's all I have to say.

It's been a fairly productive week at Silver Charm Events. Ellen and Patrick found a photographer and Ellen found a dress, Nina and Rob found a wedding site, and I've vowed to find Anne and Jack their wedding site by the end of next week, or fall on my back-up rhinestone-covered cake knife. I mean it. And I have to get back to it, so this WedWiseWed is going to be a little short.

SQUEE Of The Week:
Remember a few weeks back, when I told you about this cool wedding chapel/art installation in New York and bemoaned how there was nothing like it here in L.A.? Well, I was trying to find parking in front of the Biltmore on Saturday (didn't work - had to double-park) and right there on Wilshire was The Albertson Wedding Chapel, which, wait for it, has been there for 35 years. Duh. Wedding packages start at $290, you can get your wedding license there for just a few more bucks than going to the county clerk's office, and you can add photography, flowers, a violinist, and even rent a wedding dress. Whew! And with a little more notice, you can even have a religious ceremony.

Wanna Go to Napa?

Because Style Me Pretty wants to send you there, whether you're getting married up there or not. Free destination wedding book, photography consultations, CERAMICS! Hotel stays, invitations, pretty, pretty, pretty, and calming. I double-checked - I'm not eligible. But you are, so enter, already.

Turn that wedding shoe frown upside down:

Mrs. Beever on Blogger Brides has some great advice about how to survive wearing high-heels on your wedding day. I'm definitely picking up a friction block stick to put in the bridal emergency kit.

That's it for now, and just in time. See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz C.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wedding Wise Wednesday - September 16th

Running, running, running – I coordinated a wonderful wedding on Sunday. I love traditional Jewish ceremonies, with the ketubah signing and the chuppah ceremony (they made their vows under a chuppah made by her brother and one was surrounded by 25 of their closest friends and family), and the breaking of the glass, and 250 people getting their celebration on at the Castaway. So much fun! I’ll have a pic or two in a couple of days. This Saturday is Michelle and Joe’s full mass at the Los Angeles Cathedral, so I’m definitely going to be a little bit closer to God this month, you know?

Speaking of fun and heavenly guidance, if you schedule a free consultation with me in the next week to talk about your wedding you’ll get your choice of either a pocket-sized copy of “Weddings for Dummies” or a full-sized copy of “Worst Case Scenario Handbook: Weddings”. You have until this Sunday the 20th, to make an appointment, and the appointment has to be some time in the week. Go to this page for more details. See you soon!

Squee of the Week:

New wedding favor idea from the Wedding Workroom - lipstick and make-up for your chick guests, which, no, I never would have thought of -
But what would you give the guys? Hmm…

You know when you’re talking about a problem and the solution all of sudden appears right in front of you?
So, I was at the Wedding Salon on Monday with Anne, one of my brides, talking about what she still needs for her wedding, and she says, “I don’t know what I’m going to do about bridesmaid’s dresses – they’re all different sizes and shapes. And we looked up, and there was Ariane and her dress company Two Birds, which offers one beautiful bridesmaid dress, in any color you want, that can be wrapped 15 different ways, to accommodate everyone’s style and figure LOVE it when that happens! And thanks to Feel Good Style for the picture.

The Pros and Cons of a Morning Wedding
No, you won’t save money on vendors, yes you do have to get up early, but hey, the rest of the day? All yours, to do anything and everything that you want. Not a bad trade-off. Find out more at A Practical Wedding.

And yes, that is an ad for the Recession Bride’s workshop down on the left. Thanks for noticing! It's next Sunday the 27th (you can even schedule your appointment and pick up your book then so don’t forget to sign up. There’s cake and you’ll find out how to save money and still have the wedding of your dreams. It's a no-brainer, really.

When Your Eyes Are Bigger Than Your Guest List

Weddings generate a lot of food, and a lot more leftover food than you'll expect. What should you do with it? Saturday’s couple boxed it up and dropped it off for a shelter, but there are other ideas in that vein as well. Slashfood tells you all about it.

What a week, what a week - but I got my track shoes on so I should be fine. How are you guys doing?

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz C.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Do it Yourself Wedding

Possible? Hmm...Bridepower seems to think so:

Most people feel that they’ve put their wedding together all by themselves, but the truth is that most people do have to rely on someone else to do many things for them. Sure, most of these people are professionals, but what if you couldn’t afford to pay all those people?

At the same time, if one decided to do their entire wedding on their own, there’s nothing saying it wouldn’t be expensive. It would certainly be time consuming. And it would be very stressful. Yet, it could be done. As a test, let’s see what it would take for a couple to put together their own wedding, with no help.

The rings are easy, so we’ll move on to the wedding ensemble. The groom would obviously just go into his closet and pull out his best suit, probably black or dark blue. The bride might have a few more options, though she might not think that way. Not every woman has a long, white cocktail dress anymore, which means a trip to the store. It’s much easier to get a long white dress than it is to buy a wedding dress that fits [Hee! Also, here's a secret of mine - whenever I have something fancy to go to and not a lot of time, I head straight to the sales section of Macy's dress department store. You're welcome!].

Next, the photographer. There’s no way you can get photographs during the wedding without some help, right? Not quite true, but it would be tricky. Cameras have remote controls, and you could set the camera up in one specific location and take your shots either during the wedding, or get wedding pictures afterwards. But who says it has to happen during the wedding? If you don’t care about pictures during the ceremony, you can take pictures either before or after the wedding at a studio, or still use the remote controlled camera. [Or, just invite your guests and wedding party members to download THEIR pictures of your wedding onto a photo sharing site like wedding lens or flicker. You probably won't get many wedding party or group shots, but you will get some great pictures. - Liz]

Hair and makeup for the bride. Well, you’ve been doing your hair and makeup on your own for all these years, and the groom still fell in love with you, so go ahead and do it for yourself on your wedding day. Most men can’t tell the difference, and most of your friends won’t know the difference either.

Are you particular about flowers? If not, you can get flowers anywhere, either at a florist, or find some wildflowers and put a bouquet together on your own [Here's a guide to show you how - Liz]. Many department stores or large grocery stores carry flowers now, and they’re not all that costly.

Unfortunately for you, the final act you can’t do on your own. You have to have someone read the vows and officially marry you [But you can get a friend or family member ordained to do that for free at the Universal Life Church. - Liz]. But no matter; at this point, you’ve earned yourself a break.[Seriously... - Liz]

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Wedding Wise Wednesday - September 9th, 2009

Every week I post the coolest wedding stories and best deals I find in Los Angeles and around the web. And we call it Wedding Wise Wednesday.

And as you may have noticed, I haven't been posting much else - I looked around last week and realized that I'm working on six weddings over the next year, half of which are in the next month. If it's any consolation, twitter and facebook have also been badly neglected. Thank God for assistants, both virtual and local. And coffee. And itunes, frankly.

Tomorrow, I'm starting a new blog series, called "No Brides Were Harmed in the Making of this Wedding", following my newest clients, Anne and Jack, as we plan their wedding next June. People keep asking me how this wedding planning thing works, and well, I'm going to show you how it works.

But, on to the Wedding Wisest:

Squee of the Week:

Love, Love, LOVE this:

Simple and beautiful - carnations on ceramic cake stands. I'm not sure where she found the picture, but I found it on Wedding 2010.


I posted on this last month, but the 99 cents store in Hollywood is hosting 9 weddings this morning, between 8:09 and 9:09 am. Everything is coming from, or made with, items from the store, including the wedding dresses. And they've already set up a photo gallery, so, oh, yeah, stay tuned for more.

How to Make a Ribbon Bouquet
- you know, for bridal showers. Or rather, FROM bridal showers. A lot of brides take them to the rehearsal, but Anne at "I Will to I Do" has another suggestion - save money and use it as your toss bouquet, too.

DIY Succulent Favors
I'm looking at one of these on my desk right now. So pretty, so easy to put together. Thanks to Practical Wedding for the tip. And for this head's up:

Ben and Jerry's Chubby Hubby is now Hubby Hubby - to celebrate the legalization of gay marriage in the company's home state of Vermont. Yay! I will be so happy when we can stop talking about this issue, because it is annoying that we even have to talk about it, you know? All citizens of this country are afforded equal protection under the law. ALL of them. Any day now.

You know when you buy a new car, and then you see nothing but that make and model on the road everywhere?
Remember Adorn Brides from last week? Well, they're back this week - Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses is holding a contest for one lucky bride to win $2500 in jewelry rentals with them. You can enter from now until October 31st. And, they've also hooked up with Bridal Tweet to award one lucky bride a pair of diamond earrings for the big day, you just have to register on the website between September 15th and October 30th, Good Luck!

Speaking of Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses, two more local resources just popped onto my radar - Los Angeles Dream Bridal in West Los Angeles, and Vintage Glam's Flea Market online, where you can search for dresses and other wedding items locally.

The Deal:

Favor Favor - Over 100 favors for $1.00 each. You're welcome!

The Events:

Crate and Barrel's Gift Registry Parties
Starting Sunday, September 13, at many of their L.A. locations. I've been to these before and they're a lot of fun, what with the free food and drinks and gifts and all.

The Wedding Salon
Monday, September 14th
The London Hotel
1020 North San Vicente Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
THE luxury Bridal Show in Los Angeles. Tickets are usually $50 (told you!), but if you register online and use the code HCTGLA09, it's only $15 for two people. Thanks to the L.A. Wedding Examiner for the code.

Well, back to finalizing day-of time lines and finding wedding venues for me. Have a great week,and I'll see you at the end of the aisle,

Liz C.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Wedding Wise Wednesday - September 1

Every week I post the coolest wedding stories and best deals I find in Los Angeles and around the web. And we call it Wedding Wise Wednesday.

So, yes, I did go to Soi-Meme, the eco bridal salon, on Saturday. Here's a review of it , by Siel Ju of Mother Nature Network. So many cool things! Remember, a couple of weeks ago, I told you about Green Karat, a company in Colorado that will make your wedding out of your recyled gold. One of the easiest ways to an eco-friendly wedding is to use local vendors, so I was so excited to hear about Liza Shtromberg Jewelry - she does the same thing here in L.A.

Squee of the Week:
Wedding Tree Guestbook. Wait for it - your guests leave a thumbprint for tree leaves,and then sign their names above each print. So much more awesome than I'm making it sound, check it out. Thanks to Classic Bride, via Diagnosis Deferred.

Cool Stuff:

Let the Music Play
Both The Knot and Wedding Wire just launched sections to help you pick your wedding music. The Knot has a list of music that will match your wedding "style", while Wedding Wire lets you listen to their song recommendations. As a woman who is addicted to the itunes, I believe that perfection lies somewhere between...

Man, I wish I'd thought of this first
A company called Grand Opening,well, opened a Wedding Chapel in New York City, where couples can get married, re-married, or just pretend to get married. Think of it as an alternative to getting hitched at City Hall. If anyone steals this idea for Los Angeles before I do, PLEASE let me know! Thanks for the heads-up, c. is for charmed (yeah, I wish I had thought of that name, first,too)

Za Deals:

Call Next Salon,
2400 Main St., Santa Monica, CA
15% off Wedding Hairstyling and Make-up

Cake Studio
315 Glendale Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Order a cake for your wedding by September 15th,and get the top tier free.

The Events
Psych! There are a ton that are happening next weekend, but nothing this weekend it looks like (just watch someone send me one TOMORROW), so enjoy your holiday weekend.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz C.